The Casablanca Connection
Sunday services on July 2nd and July 9th
The Rev Canon Dr Medhat Sabry of St John’s Casablanca will be at St George’s Barcelona from June 28th to July 14th, conducting Sunday services on July 2nd and July 9th. It is part of an exchange of chaplains, with John and Deborah conducting services in Casablanca and Rabat during the same period.
Rev Sabry grew up in an Anglican family in Old Cairo, Egypt. In 1973 he felt called to full-time ministry in the Episcopal Church in Egypt. He was formerly priest of the church of Jesus Light of the World in Old Cairo. In 2014 he was commissioned at St John’s to serve as Area Dean of Morocco and the Canary Islands. He has been serving on the Diocesan Executive and Finance boards, and has taught Old Testament courses at various theological seminaries.
St John’s was the first Protestant church established in Casablanca, built in 1906 on land owned by the British Crown. During World War II, Major General George Patton was a regular attender, and many people visit the church to see the carved frontal for the communion table that was presented to St John’s by Patton’s family.
Rev Sabry’s visit is part of an effort to strengthen ties between Anglican churches in the Diocese in Europe. To this end, St George’s welcomed a visit from members of St James Donemana, Northern Ireland, on May 28th, with the idea of twinning with them. Likewise, the Morocco exchange represents another twinning relationship.
As Rev John explains, “We are hoping that both these relationships will lead to a sharing of prayer and people, and that they will encourage us all to a greater vision of the mission of the Church.”
Please be sure to come and meet Rev Sabry and help make him and his wife, Amal, feel welcome. Also, please pray for John and Deborah’s ministry in Casablanca and Rabat.
For more information about St John’s, visit the church website here.
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